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POP INTERVIEW: MTV Host Turned Singer Lenay Dunn

Lenay Dunn’s career took a U-turn when the then-Minnesota college student made her first YouTube video. Now at MTV, where you may have seen her on programs like 10 On Top, she is finding her place in the world as a TV hostess, singer and wife.

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Macy’s American Rag spokeswoman Lenay Dunn’s career took a U-turn when the then-Minnesota college student made her first YouTube video. In the new Internet age where one is discovered online, eyeballs from Redbull’s corporate offices magically arrived on her videos and hired her for their own company. Now at MTV, where you may have seen her on programs like 10 On Top, she is finding her place in the world as a TV hostess, singer and wife.

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You did a quiz for “Seventeen,” where you said that at age 17, “I thought I was going to be a pilot, a piano player, an artist, or a Spanish teacher.” What caused a shift into your current career path? What made you like new things. You did not say, “No, I want to be a Spanish teacher!” when you began doing on air work.
I actually first went to college at the University of Minnesota, Duluth, to be a Spanish Teacher, but then Red Bull called me one day and they were like, “Hi, we’ve seen your Youtube videos – do you want to host shows for us?” And I was like, “Um yes!” So I started missing some school to fly around the U.S., Canada, and Europe to host Red Bull shows. I was like, wait … I can do this as a job? It felt unreal. Then after college I moved to LA for a bit and got a manager, and the rest is history!

Back then, you said, “I took a typing class because a guy I liked was in it.” Using your job as a tool, have you ever gone out of your way to meet anyone whose work you admire?
I have a friend who said the next time I’m in LA that I could come and hang out on set of ‘The Voice” and I’ve always wanted to meet Carson Daly, so I’m pretty excited to take her up on that offer!

How and why were you approached by American Rag? What do you like about your business partnership?
I actually met Mark Silver the head of ‘Factory PR’ while I was out and about in NYC. He knew American Rag was looking for a new face of their brand and put me in the running and I was their first choice! It has been amazing, because they are my first choice place to shop and have been for a long time,

Commuting to work is tons of fun. Do you still live in Nashville part time? Other than New York, where else do you go for work and fun? Why did you choose Tennessee as your primary residence?
I lived in Franklin (right south of Nashville) and flew to NYC every week back and forth for a few years. We still have a house there but JUST got an apartment in NYC a few months ago! Nashville is Music City so that’s why we lived there first – my husband Jason was in the band Hawk Nelson before he left to go solo so we had to be there for that. We also had turned part of our house in TN into a recording studio & both had fun writing and recording music. In other music news I just got a new Taylor guitar, which I named ‘Taylor’ after itself. Taylor’s pretty 🙂

Excluding on air mishaps, what is the weirdest or funniest thing that has ever happened to you at work?
I like playing tricks on our executive producer Jenny. She’s the best. Picture a 12 year old girl’s bedroom and that’s what her office looks like, complete with a ‘WWJBD’ inspired wall (“What would Justin Bieber Do?” sprinkled with JB posters). I got her a Taylor Swift blanket for Christmas, so one day we had Bobby (works on ’10 on Top’ too) sit in Jenny’s chair under the blanket so his face lined up with Taylor’s… and then we found Jenny and told her Taylor Swift is waiting for her in her office. (there’s actually a picture of this on my instagram) http://www.instagram.com/p/TJxh_RwbIk/

Since you were born in Africa and raised in Minnesota, did you relate to the movie “Mean Girls” and all its jokes about the main character moving to the Midwest from Africa?
Yes actually! I’ve gotten that comparison a lot. I even had a friend in grade school ask me why I wasn’t black if I was born there. I still know a few words/phrases from the language ‘Lingala’ spoken in the Congo & was thinking about getting a tattoo of one, ‘Bokasi’, meaning strength (like a small and cursive one on my wrist or something). My younger sister has that tattoo on her neck though so I don’t think she’ll appreciate me copying her lol.

You have done a lot of great work on MTV goofing around, sailing with Zac Efron and so forth. Everyone knows that – and if they do not by now, they shall utilize Google. When you aren’t working, what do you do? Before MTV, what did you like? What don’t we learn about you from seek you on TV about your smarty pants side, hobbies…?
When I’m not working lately I’ve been decorating my new apartment and going to a ton of events around the city. I love decorating! http://www.instagram.com/p/Xylz3gQbGf/ and I love dressing up in and going to fun events. A fun fact about me is that I’m also very good at knocking things over. Especially if I’m meeting you for the first time… “Hi, nice to meet you sorry I just knocked over your water glass or spaghetti on your lap.” I also like writing lists and ideas in new notebooks with colored markers. & going to New York Red Bulls games with my friends .

When are you releasing more music?
Very soon!! I have some exciting music updates and news coming up that I’ll hopefully be sharing in the not-too-distant future! I’ll also be posting any updates on my site LenayDunn.com and, as a side note I started a fashion blog too! It’s called, Imajolie.com. My sister Jayde and I have been having a lot of fun posting on there.

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Priest Accidentally Forgets To Turn Off Filters Before Live Streaming Mass

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The internet is having a field day with the innocent mistake of biblical proportions.

With new social distancing guidelines, many churches have closed to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. And while that doesn’t justify all the wine you’ve been chugging during your self quarantine, it does have many people practicing their faith from their homes. One Italian priest was just trying to recite a little prayer for his followers when he accidentally left a filter feature on during the broadcast! In the clip the priest is digitally adorned with a space helmet, workout gear, a fedora and sunglasses and more.

Social media went nuts for the video, which has now gone viral. One comment reads “He just doubled his holy power.” Another reads “Father, Son and Holy Influencer.” One commenter couldn’t resist a good pun and said the video is having a “Mass effect.”

Enjoy your daily blessing and take a look at the funny video below!

 

Priest in Italy live streams mass, activates filters by mistake from r/funny

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Danny DeVito Passionately Urges New Yorkers To Stay Home…And Twitter Agrees!

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For the love of Danny DeVito, stay home!

The world is in a dark place right now and I am not sure how much more bad news we can handle. That’s why when I saw Danny DeVito’s name trending on Twitter I froze. Our great nation could very well crumble if anything bad was to happen to such an icon right now. With extreme trepidation I clicked on the social media link and was relieved to see that good ol’ Danny boy is just strumming up hype because he is passionately urging New Yorkers to stay home.

Amid the coronavirus outbreak, Governor Andrew Cuomo has been driving New Yorkers to stay home and has taken every precaution short of shutting the state down completely to help prevent the virus from spreading. Because New Yorkers can be hard headed, it doesn’t hurt to have some famous friends reiterate your message. Big names like Lala Anthony, Robert De Niro and Ben Stiller have all made appearances on Cuomo’s social media pleading with New Yorker’s to heed the governors warning. Only one celebrity was able to make it to Twitter’s trending page however and that was none other than Danny DeVito. DeVito’s message is simple…stay home! In the two minute video, DeVito reminds fans that it’s not just up to the elderly to isolate themselves. “Young people can get it and they can transmit it to old people and the next thing you know – I’m out of there” says the actor. We must save him!

Twitter went into a frenzy with many users agreeing that we need to stay home for Danny. One user wrote “When Danny speaks, I listen.” Another passionately wrote “If you idiots kill Danny DeVito I SWEAR TO GOD.” One promoted DeVito from the icon status I previously awarded him and said “WE GOTTA PROTECT WORLD TREASURE DANNY DeVITO.” 

Take a look at the video below and for the love of the newly minted national treasure, stay home!

 

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VIDEO: Clever Family Recreates Disneyland’s ‘Pirates Of The Caribbean’ Ride During Quarantine

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One resourceful family has turned their quarantine into the happiest staycation on earth.

What do you do when the happiest place on earth is forced to close its doors? Bring that Disney magic home and turn your house into a theme-park ride of course. After Disneyland closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, one family had to rethink their travel plans. Twitter user, @Brooke_disney, shared how she and her family recreated the Pirates of the Caribbean ride in their own home…complete with ingenious props, costumes and pirate accents!

The family divided up the responsibilities with some acting as the ride’s animatronic robots and others playing eager park-goers. Social media went nuts for this brilliant idea with one user commenting “No lines and you saved $100 per person – well done.” Another was impressed by the attention to detail and said “I was screaming at the screen going under the FOOT.” The post has already been viewed over 800k times!

Well shiver me timbers if this isn’t the cutest way to spend a day stuck inside with your family. Take a look at the brilliantly done video below!

 

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